What To Expect At Your First Appointment!

Updated: Jul 16, 2020


You’ve decided to begin investing in your health and I’m so honored that it’s brought you here! Here, I’ll tell you exactly what to expect when you come to Flourish Acupuncture and Wellness for the first time! That way, there are no surprises for you and you can move forward with bringing your health to a brand new level!

The very first thing that I do with every potential patient is schedule a complimentary 30 minute consultation. I do offer the option of scheduling this meeting online via video call, or in person at my office. This time is when we will discuss what you’re seeking acupuncture treatment for, as well as asking any questions that you may have about acupuncture, like what should I wear? (Loose clothing like gym shorts and a loose t-shirt are usually fine, but we may need move things around depending on what’s being worked on. I will then go on to present a treatment plan that I feel will benefit you the most and let you know what changes and results you should expect. At the end of this session, we will get you scheduled for your first acupuncture treatment! I will send you an email with paperwork to fill out. This will primarily consist of a questionnaire that will ask you about different health questions which I will review before your first appointment.

Your first acupuncture treatment will be 90 minutes long. It’s a little bit longer than the follow-up treatments because I will be asking you some extra questions in order to gain a better understanding of your health from a whole-body perspective. Next, I will feel your pulses at the wrist. This practice has been used for thousands of years to gain insight into the way that your body is currently functioning. Your pulse is felt on both wrists with three fingers on each wrist and at three different levels of pressure. Each finger position corresponds to a different aspect of your health. After we take your pulse, we will ask to see your tongue. This is another way that we can see how the inside of your body is working. Your tongue is the only muscle that we can actually see all of the time, so it has a lot to say about what’s going on. When we look at your tongue, we’re looking at the color, size, shape, coating (so we request that you don’t scrape or brush your tongue before an appointment), and whether there are any teethmarks, bumps, or cracks. This information, in addition to what you told us during the interview, will allow us to formulate the best treatment for you.

After the intake process, I will show you to the treatment area. You’ll see a massage table set with a clean set of sheets and a blanket, and the station for my tools which is set up according to what we call “clean needle technique” standard. This has to do with the sanitation and sterilization of my station and limits cross contamination by keeping the field clean at all times.

At this point, I will direct you to get on the table, and will leave the room for you to change if needed, and wash my hands.

When I come back, we will begin your treatment. I always use single-use sterile needles. I will also be palpating (feeling) your body to locate points and inserting the needle. The needles are generally retained for about 15-30 minutes depending on whether we’re treating both the front and back of the body or just one side. When you’re done, I will remove the needles and place them in a red bio-hazard sharps container to dispose of them. I will also typically take the last few minutes after removing the needles to do cupping or gua sha to help support your healing. (more about cupping and gua sha in blogs to come!)

After we remove the needles, if you’re interested in taking an herbal formula to help with your treatments, I will give you additional information on how to prepare your formula and how to obtain it. We will then talk about scheduling your next appointments and proceed with your treatment plan.

Over the next couple of days, I recommend that you drink a sufficient amount of water. Any time that you receive acupuncture or bodywork, your body generally begins to detox. This can be urinating or sweating a little more than usual for the first couple of days following your treatment. This is totally normal. Make note of any changes that you experience throughout the week and if your symptoms return, how soon after the treatment they returned. If your symptoms do return during the week, we may need to adjust the appointments so that they’re closer together so that you can get the best results at a quicker pace.

I'm looking forward to working with you!

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